Diagnostic Imaging

River Parishes Hospital offers up-to-date diagnostic imaging services provided by highly skilled technologists you know and trust. Our patients have the convenience of having their procedure performed close to home, whether their physician is on staff at River Parishes Hospital or located in one of our surrounding areas. We have a Board Certified Radiologist on staff 24 hours a day, and results are reported back to your physician within 24 hours in most cases.

Our Radiology staff is available 24 hours a day for inpatients, outpatients and emergency room patients. Studies are performed on patients of all ages: infants, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. All procedures are performed by state licensed technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). All technologists are further certified in each modality they perform.

To schedule an appointment, call our Scheduling Department at (985) 651-1570.

Radiology uses state of the art technology to provide a complete range of diagnostic procedures including:
  • GE Light Speed CT Scanner - Our GE Lightspeed CT Scanner is state-of-the-art in CT imaging technology. It takes 16 pictures of a patient's anatomy at one time, drastically reducing the imaging exam time. With its lightspeed technology, physicians can make diagnosis quicker and begin treatment sooner. CT Scans are studies that image the body using multiple projections of x-ray beam to create sectional images of an organ or anatomic region. A CT image allows the physician to look inside of the body just as one would like at the inside of a loaf of bread. These types of x-rays are frequently used to evaluate the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and sinuses.

  • GE Senographe 2000 D Digital Mammography Unit - Similar to a digital camera, the GE Senographe2000 D digital mammography unit provides better detail and sharper images than analog mammography units. Images are stored directly on an image review computer, eliminating the necessary time for film processing. Physicians can review and interpret the computerized image to make a diagnosis. A mammogram is traditionally used in the evaluation of breast disease. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 and older have a screening mammogram every one to two years, and women at a higher risk of developing breast cancer talk to their physicians about whether they should begin having mammograms before the age of 40.

  • Lunar Prodigy Advance Bone Densitometer - Our bone densitometer is one of the most advanced bone densitometry technologies available. It delivers high-resolution, rapid imaging in seconds and can accurately access total body bone and tissue composition. We also have a portable Achilles Insight ultrasound device that measures bone density through the heel and can be used at any location to detect fracture risk. A bone density test is most widely recognized test used to diagnose osteoporosis.

  • Philips iU22 Ultrasound System - With our iU22 intelligent ultrasound system, technologists obtain more efficient exams, more automation and each of use, and the most high definition imaging and diagnostic capability available. It is the only premium ultrasound that can provide the full array of exams, including 2D, 3D and real-time 4D imaging. Ultrasounds are used to visualize internal organs to capture their size, structure and pathololgical lesions. Standard pregnancy ultrasounds are used to assess growth and fetal well-being. Ultrasounds can also be used to visualize muscles and tendons. A breast ultrasound is often used to check abnormal results of a mammogram.

  • GE 1.5T Signa Excite HD MRI - An elderly Parkinson's sufferer no longer has to squirm at the thought of having an MRI. The Excite HD MRI is not bothered by a patient's motion and is fine tuned with high definition to provide a clear, detailed image. An MRI has proven critical in diagnosing a variety of conditions throughout the body, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and bone and joint disorders. The American Cancer Society recommends women with a history of breast cancer and with a significant family history have a Breast MRI.

  • Philips Bright View SPECT Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera - Our gamma camera has a wide gantry opening that can accommodate large patients. The lower table is lined with special pillows for added patient comfort. It's CloseUp technology maximizes image quality to provide more detailed images. It provides extremely fast scans - heart scans take half the time of conventional systems. Nuclear medicine scans are used to diagnose, determine the severity of, and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.